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Past articles by David:

President Joe Biden kinda, maybe made a 2024 re-election announcement

Previous presidents haven't hemmed and hawed about their intentions, then leaked through thirdhand sources that they're going for it. → Read More

California election results and South Dakota votes show parties could lose their bases

California election results for Los Angeles mayor and San Francisco D.A. and South Dakota votes on Congress and ballot initiatives show parties could lose their bases. → Read More

David Mark: Joe Manchin dashes Biden's Build Back Better dreams. Here's why he did it.

Joe Manchin, senator from West Virginia, dashes President Joe Biden's Build Back Better dreams on "Fox News Sunday," citing inflation risk. Here's why. → Read More

Covid limits on Biden's speech tonight are what the country needs after Trump's theatrics

Covid restrictions means President Joe Biden's address to Congress will fix Donald Trump's State of the Union excesses. Let's hope it stays that way. → Read More

How Trump's election prospects in 2020 are being helped by impeachment

President Donald Trump's re-election prospects were helped by impeachment, and Democrats need to get past the delusion that it's hurt him. → Read More

David Mark: Biden's path to beating Sanders, Warren and the other Democratic candidates relies on the unwoke

Joe Biden is on a path to beating Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris and all the other Democratic candidates by relying on unwoke voters. → Read More

Energy Brief: Energy Sectors Express Concern About Tariffs

By David Mark Top Stories Trump administration tariffs that are planned to take effect next week — 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum — have leaders in a variety of energy sectors concerned. The oil and natural gas industry, for instance, relies on specialty steels unavailable from American sources, said Jack Gerard, president … → Read More

Energy Brief: Exxon Mobil Passes on Arctic Oil Projects for Now

By David Mark Top Stories Exxon Mobil Corp. is moving on from Arctic oil projects, at least for now, with international sanctions on Russia complicating exploration projects in the far northern region. Russia’s state-controlled energy giant, PAO Rosneft, had relied on Exxon’s technical expertise in trying to access natural resources below the Arctic ice. (The Wall Street … → Read More

Energy Brief: 55 Public Records Suits Reportedly Filed Against EPA Since Trump Took Office

By David Mark Top Stories Plaintiffs have reportedly filed 55 public records lawsuits against the Environmental Protection Agency since President Donald Trump’s inauguration, 46 of them in 2017. In contrast, President George W. Bush’s EPA faced 57 in his entire eight-year presidency, and the increase may be a response to Administrator Scott Pruitt’s alleged lack … → Read More

Energy Brief: EPA's Acting Deputy Administrator Retiring in April

By David Mark Top Stories The Environmental Protection Agency’s acting second-in-command, Mike Flynn, is set to retire in April — the latest departure among a batch of career officials tapped by the Obama administration to hold senior political jobs temporarily until Trump administration replacements could be nominated and confirmed. Flynn’s departure could leave a vacancy … → Read More

Energy Brief: EPA's Pruitt Cancels Trip to Israel Amid Scrutiny of Travel Expenses

By David Mark Top Stories Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has nixed a work trip to Israel, a cancellation that comes amid concerns regarding costs for his official travel. Pruitt was scheduled to meet with Israeli environmental agency officials and other government players, and his official trip was reportedly supposed to include visits to … → Read More

Tech Brief: Facebook to Ban All Cryptocurrency Advertising on Platform

By David Mark Top Stories Facebook Inc., which has weathered criticism over the integrity of its advertising platforms, is aiming to block cryptocurrency advertising on the site — and asking users to report any ads that make it through. The social media giant suggested many cryptocurrency sponsors were not acting in “good faith,” and are … → Read More

Tech Brief: Waymo to Expand Self-Driving Fleet With Thousands of Fiat Chrysler Minivans

By David Mark Top Stories Alphabet Inc.’s self-driving car unit Waymo LLC revealed an agreement to acquire thousands of minivans from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V., signaling an expansion of plans to open its driverless ride-hailing service to the general public. Since October, Waymo has tested the vehicles without a human driver in suburban Phoenix. (The … → Read More

Finance Brief: Labor Department Grants Deutsche Bank Waiver From Libor-Related Punishment

By David Mark Government Brief A federal judge dealt another legal blow to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Deputy Director Leandra English, who’s challenging Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney’s interim leadership at the CFPB. District Judge Timothy J. Kelly refused to grant English a preliminary injunction against Mulvaney’s appointment, saying her suit is … → Read More

Finance Brief: Wells Fargo Had Highest Number of Complaints Registered With CFPB Last Year

By David Mark Government Brief House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) wants President Donald Trump to nominate J. Mark McWatters to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. McWatters, a former Hensarling aide who’s now chairman of the National Credit Union Administration, has been a critic of the CFPB’s oversight of credit unions. (Credit Union … → Read More

Finance Brief: Trump Says He Seeks Better Trade Deal for Farmers

By David Mark Government Brief At the American Farm Bureau Federation convention in Nashville, Tenn., President Donald Trump said he is working on getting a better trade deal with Canada and Mexico that would benefit the manufacturing and agriculture sectors, but he didn’t repeat previous threats to withdraw the United States from the North American Free … → Read More

Finance Brief: SEC Said to Probe Kushner Companies Over Use of Investor Visas

By David Mark Government Brief The real estate company run by the family of Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and a White House adviser, received a subpoena in May 2017 from the Securities and Exchange Commission seeking information about Kushner Companies’ use of a federal investment-for-visa program known as EB-5, according to people familiar … → Read More

Finance Brief: Merrill Lynch Blocks Clients, Advisers From Trading in Bitcoin Fund

By David Mark Government Brief President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the central bank, Federal Reserve Gov. Jerome Powell, and Jelena McWilliams, Trump’s choice to chair the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., are among more than 100 Trump administration nominees who have been delayed for Senate confirmation, meaning a slew of paperwork must be refiled. Senate Democrats’ … → Read More

Finance Brief: Hatch Retirement Leaves Senate Finance Chairmanship Up for Grabs

By David Mark Government Brief A scramble could be on among Senate Republicans to helm the Finance Committee, after Chairman Orrin Hatch of Utah announced his retirement. If the GOP holds its majority in the 2018 elections, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley of Iowa would be next in seniority for the plum post, followed … → Read More

Finance Brief: Many Public Comments on Fiduciary Rule Found to Be Fake

By David Mark Government Brief A pending regulation promulgated late in the Obama administration that is meant to prevent conflicts of interest in retirement advice has drawn false public comments. An analysis found that criticisms of the so-called fiduciary rule — set to take full effect in July 2019 — were posted on the Labor … → Read More